Saturday, 30 October 2010
Therefore it is difficult to say that the attack "failed" in the traditional sense of the word - because when terrorists get explosives on to a plane, they have essentially succeeded in one sense. They may not have succeeded in their ultimate motives, which was to blow up Jewish centres of worship, but they have succeeded to get explosives on jets, which is a real problem.
My intention in making this point is not to criticise intelligence, quite the opposite - they did a great job. But it shows once again how important Anglo-American relations are. The Chicago bound jet was stopped in London, plus an additional jet was stopped at East Midlands Airport in England. Many flights from these extremist areas stop in some part of England to refuel and then move on to America. If both British and American intelligence organisations are working together, then they can stop a great many of these attempts before they cause a problem.
Therefore, as voters prepare to enter the voting booth on Tuesday evening, they shouldn't discount the role that Anglo-American relations play in keeping both Britain and America safe. They should therefore remember which party it is that has been putting Anglo-American relations on ice since they gained the Presidency in 2009.
The only way we can prevent a great deal of these attacks is by international collaboration. While Obama et al may (rightly) be focusing to a large degree on keeping relations good with the government of Yemen, and the Pakistani authorities etc, he should also look closer to home, to the ally who he has been constantly rejecting since he became President. His country's security depends on it.